Home Gym vs Gym Membership? Which Is Best For You?

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Using gym equipment can help many people to get the most out of their workout. But should you buy this equipment yourself or use a gym? The following guide can help you to decide whether to set up a home gym or whether to opt for a gym subscription.

What type of equipment do you need?

Gyms can often have top quality equipment that may be too expensive to buy yourself. This can be a great advantage of going to a gym – there will be treadmills, exercise bikes and weight machines there that might otherwise be out of your budget.

That said, if you have very unique exercise goals and you need very specialist equipment, it’s likely you may not be able to find this equipment in a local gym. Buying equipment yourself may be preferable so that you can cater your workout to your precise needs.

Do you have the space for a home gym?

If you’ve got a spare room such as a garage that you can convert into a gym, then a home gym may be ideal. However, many people don’t have this space. You need to consider your practical needs and whether you really have space for all the gear you need.

Sometimes you don’t need a lot of space for gym equipment. The likes of this functional trainer home gym equipment is designed to help you with lots of different exercises using only one machine instead of having to buy lots of different machines. You may not even need to train with machines – equipment such as resistance bands, dumbbells and medicine balls requires little space to train with.

Do you prefer training alone or with people?

Some people are more motivated training around other people. For such people, a gym is the perfect environment – you can find gym buddies, hire a trainer or take part in gym classes.

Some people get more out of training alone. A home gym could allow you to do this – you don’t have to share equipment (no waiting to use equipment), you don’t have the distraction of other people and you don’t have to feel self-conscious of people watching you. You can truly get in the zone and personalize your workout.

Are there any good local gyms in your area?

Getting a gym subscription is only worthwhile if you’ve got a good gym in your area. It’s worth checking out the quality of gyms nearby. You don’t want to have to travel miles and miles just to get to a decent gym.

Of course, the perfect gym may be on your doorstep. If so, there may be no point investing in a home gym.

Which will cost you less?

Setting up a home gym can be expensive – you need to buy all the right equipment and make sure that space is suitable for exercise. That said, a gym membership can be expensive in the long run.

Work out what your budget is and what is the most affordable option. You may be able to buy the equipment you need on finance – monthly payments may cost less than a gym membership, and once you’ve paid off the cost of this equipment, you won’t have any more costs to worry about, unlike an ongoing gym membership. Alternatively, you may find that the equipment you need is so expensive that you may be better off signing up to the gym.

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